Inland

Inland (ongoing)

Until well into the twentieth century Spain was predominantly a rural country. Although more than half the territory is still considered rural today, 80% of the population lives in cities. From the end of the nineteenth century emigration to those cities began to empty the villages. Although it wasn’t until the 1950s the mass exodus began. Whole generations left their villages in search of opportunities in Europe, Latin America or cities througout Spain. They sought the shelter of the big cities in the hope of escaping the misery and bleak reality of rural life. Millions abandoned the fields and packed their suitcases. Thousands of villages disappeared and thousands more were left only inhabited by very old people.

This project aims to explore some of these territories marked by depopulation and the relationship between their inhabitants and the surrounding landscape. A journey inland through an almost empty territory with extreme landscapes that puts a face on some of its last inhabitants.